This is dope: Sampha has linked with Kahlil Joseph to create a dope short film based around his new album Process. The singer-musician delivered the Apple Music clip by way of the below message:
It’s been a genuine pleasure to work with Kahlil and his whole team. They’ve been so humble and sensitive with me in creating this film. I’m really proud of it and happy it’s being shared. Thank-you to Apple Music and everyone at Young Turks and Pulse Films who have pushed for this and believed in it enough to make it happen.
Check out an “excerpt” above and watch the entire short film here.
As you probably know by now, SZA’s long-awaited project — titled CTRL — has once again been pushed back. As a sort-of consolation prize, the singer-songwriter has released am artsy, behind-the-scenes-style video that also sees appearances from Kehlani, Tyler, the Creator, Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad. In addition, we get to hear some new music, presumably from CTRL, so there’s that as well.
Tinie Tempah is ready to follow up his latest track ‘We Don’t Play No Games’ with a new banger titled ‘Auto Gas’, which features Big Narstie and (once again) MoStack. Above, we get to see a quickstrike behind the scenes clip for the visual, which looks to be a proper lavish affair.
Today, we went to Stormzy’s shoot for the fourth installment of his (legendary!) Wicked Skengman freestyle series that took place in his hometown of Croydon. He announced that he’d be there to film only a day prior, and that was all much of South London (and more, probably) needed to show up in droves, both for support and to try to get in the shot (or, like myself, get some good footage for press purposes). What I learned instantly upon walking up to the area where it was taking place: while people like Skepta are expanding the culture outside of Europe (into the States), Stormzy is helping to continue its growth here in London…and he’s definitely one of the new kings of the culture in doing so.*
Just being an onlooker was entertaining, as the crowd was glued to ever bar he threw out; it wasn’t uncommon to get such a live response from a punchline that they even had to pause filming (example: Stormzy made sure to include his collaboration with Nick Jones and recent BET Award win, and rightfully so). A few notables also appeared to both show support: G FrSH, New Gen artist Renz, Krept (of Krept and Konan) and even the more elusive than not Section Boyz, complete with fresh fitteds bearing their brand.
[We left a bit early, but Stormzy was also setting up for a cypher as well, so one can expect even more from some other emcees when the video premieres.]
You can check out a sneak peek into what went down above; you can watch the growth via his previous freestyles, it’s clear to see that Stormzy has come quite a long way from the starting line. Respect.
*It should be stated that Stormzy is pushing Grime and UK Hip-Hop into the States as well…the BET Award is a strong example of that.
If you can’t get enough of Pharrell Williams’ new single and visual for ‘Freedom’, he’s recently released some behind the scenes footage for you to enjoy along with it. Check it out above, courtesy of VEVO.
Via Noisey, HBO went behind the scenes of the new film Straight Outta Compton, speaking to director F. Gary Gray and the original NWA (Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella) about the basis of what you’ll see when you head to the cinemas next week (14th August).
Courtesy of Disturbing London, DJ Charlesy handled opening duties at Wireless’ 10th birthday party, and — with the help of Sneakbo, Yungen, J Hus, Section Boyz and Bugzy Malone — definitely set the bar for the remainder of the day (as well as the actual festival this coming weekend).
Above, you can see a full recap of all that went down.
For her latest release, Madonna decides to straight-up jack Taylor Swift for the star-studded new visual for ‘B***h I’m Madonna’ (from Rebel Heart), which features Nicki Minaj on the track and sees cameos from Beyoncé, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Diplo, Rita Ora, Chris Rock, Miley Cyrus and Alexander Wang. Quite an odd bunch, but A-List nonetheless.
No, the above clip isn’t the video — it’s only a sort-of behind the scenes teaser. You’re gonna have to have a TIDAL membership to enjoy for now.
Recently, Kendrick Lamar was in the Bay Area shooting his latest visual from To Pimp A Butterfly for ‘Alright’, which (partly) has Lamar reaching new heights (stunt-wise) during filming. Seeing as this is probably our favourite song from the project, we’re excited to see the final product.
In the meantime, you can check out fan footage and pics from said videoshoot below. UPDATE: Lamar also recently performed ‘These Walls’ on Ellen. You can watch that here.
One of the notable moments during JAY Z’s extraordinary B-Sides concert(s) was a freestyle that addressed both the police-related deaths of African Americans and his company TIDAL — including its competitors (Apple, Spotify) and detractors. Thanks to a new behind the scenes video (released through TIDAL but available for stream above), we get to hear that freestyle again through rehearsal and live performance. Cameos include Jay Electronica, Vic Mensa, Young Jeezy and Beyoncé.
You can rap along while watching using the lyrics below.
I don’t need no middlemen to talk to my ni**as / I understand if you don’t understand I figure my ni**a / That’s where we differ / I take what’s mine you accept what they give you / I get you / I don’t take no checks / I take my respect / Pharrell even told me ‘Go with the best bet’ / Jimmy Iovine offered the safety net / Google came around with a crazy check / I feel like YouTube is the culp-a-rit /. Ni**as pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get / You know ni**a die for equal pay, right? You know what I’m worth / I ain’t your slave right / You know I ain’t shucking and jivin’ and high fivin’ / You know this ain’t back in the days right / But I can’t tell by the way they kill Freddie Gray right / Shot down / Mike Brown / Like the way they did Tray right? / Y’all gone’ keep choking’ ni**as / We gon’ turn style / I ain’t your token ni**a / You know I came in this game independent right / TIDAL / My own label / same difference / Oh ni**as is skeptical of they own shit / You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich / Phil Knight worth trillions you still bought those kicks / Spotify’s nine billion and they ain’t say shit / ‘Lucyyy you got some splainin’ to do’ / The only one they hatin’ on look the same as you / That’s cool / I know they tryin’ to bamboozle you / Spending billions on meryin’ to confusin’ you / I had to tell myself ‘Hov, get used to it’ / It’s politics as usual.